The Glenville Stops
The Glenville Stops

The Glenville Stops

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.glenvillestops.com/
  • Phone: (617) 903-3638
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday – Wednesday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Thursday – Saturday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Wine Bar, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Juan Pedrosa, formerly of Trade
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Special Events: Cask parties, call for details

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Price Road
  • Public Transit: Harvard Ave. or Griggs Street on the B Line on the T. From Cambridge, take the 64 bus (Harvard Sq.) or 66 bus (Central Sq.) to Commonwealth Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Limited street parking, more available on Commonwealth Ave. easily accessible by B Train on the green line or by 64/66 bus if coming from Cambridge
A word from The Glenville Stops
Here at The Glenville Stops, our motto is quality over quantity. We carry the finest selection of craft beers, superb wines, and stellar food. Head Chef Juan Pedrosa is meticulous with his menu: Charred Octopus is as much a piece of art as it is delicious. Drawing on his Puerto Rican heritage, he takes contemporary fare and puts his own Latin American flair into it. Juan makes his menu diverse as well, you’ll find as many vegetarian options as dishes for meat lovers. To complement Juan’s cooking, we have the best wine by-the-glass program in our area, as well as 30 world class beers on draft. Come by and visit us, you won’t be disappointed.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
The Glenville Stops reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (39)fit for foodies (30)notable wine list (18)good for groups (16)romantic (8)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (5)hot spot (3)special occasion (3)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great neighborhood place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We live in walking distance to the restaurant, so we had to try it after seeing all the great reviews. The place is very nice, the staff is friendly, knowledgeable and the food does not take time to arrive on the table after ordering. I have to say I wasn't blown away with the food, but it was good. We will most likely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cathys Cheescake
    JohnnyD
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Step#1- Get lamb meatballs Step#2- Get Cathys cheesecake Step#3- Leave happy
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising spot with surprisingly good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Everything was perfect except the parking was tough. Don't leave without trying the short ribs and Brussels sprouts dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely environment and service
    anonymousVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Beautiful ambiance, quiet, very expensive and food was uneven - great lamb meatballs, sweet potato appetizer was inedible and quite overpriced.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • never would have guessed
    bostonresident
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    It's not the best location, or is it? I'd say get while the getting is good. Mike and Juan both obviously care about their place. A short evening sitting at their bar on a first date, there was a lot going on. We were trying to size up each other, and size up the place. The beer and wine choices were really good, and the dishes that we ordered were very well thought out and executed with nice little touches to set things apart. Both my date and I were really impressed, and will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little hidden gem
    JDunbar
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The good was delicious, especially the sticky riblets. Great selection of craft beers and wide variety of wine. Went in on a Thursday night for a date and was surprised it wasn't packed. The place has a nice feeling of being classy yet not stuffy. I'd recommend it to anyone in the area looking to escape the college bar scene for a more upscale environment without having to head downtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Beer list
    foogie05
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We loved every thing we eat. Enjoyed the service. Eating with young crowed was fantastic. Will go bake. But may be they need few more dishes so if you revisit frequently there are verities..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ArooneyVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Went here for a Monday night dinner, it had a surprising number of people by the time we left but wasn't crowded. Small menu but everything looked delicious. We had the carrot soup, which was delicious, the cod, also delicious and the pork riblets, which were great!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting Little Spot!
    Pumpkin09
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great food experience, a tad strangely decorated, but overall a wonderful late night discovery.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fifth Time at The Glenville Stops
    DadsDinnersVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We love this place and keep going back. This time we took friends visiting from Seattle and they raved too. We're worried, because it isn't very busy despite great reviews here and on Yelp. I notice that the online menu now says to call them if you're having trouble parking - I think they have a couple spaces nearby. Maybe that's the issue. The menu is great for any hunger level - there are choices which are small "bites", regular small plates, and full sized entrees. The only reason I didn't give the food 5 stars is because there are few "light" small plates (but I haven't tried everything) - most have somewhat rich (but incredibly delicious) sauces. A very extensive beer selection both bottled and on draft. Great bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Dining Oasis
    bscott105VIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    With all of the student-oriented and international restaurants in Allston, Glenville Stops is unique and a refreshing change in terms of being a quiet, unassuming restaurant that has a small but diverse menu, a great wine selection and an outstanding beer selection. It is tucked away on Glenville Ave, and you don't want to try to find parking so take the T or walk. But once there, Mike will greet you at the bar and will be happy to describe and recommend a beer for you from his selection of local/state craft beers as well as beers from his native England. I had the mussels and they were outstanding. It is definatly worth a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummmm
    gabitu
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I just moved to Boston and live at allston area. My family was visiting and after the whole day walking around the city we just wanted a bite somewhere close to the house. Found this little place at yelp and let me tell you that I'm SO happy I did cause I will definitely go back!!! We tried pretty much everything on the reduced menu. The ribs are superb!!!!! Deliciousness! !!! The lamb meatballs are as well pretty good. Amazing wine list.. order the Brussels sprouts. . Fantastic too! The ceviche is good but it's not worth it on my opinion. Try out this new spot. The bar is beautiful and the bathrooms are spotless.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • That shrimp!
    Emijean
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We shared the shrimp, cheese, meatballs, mussels, scallops, and riblets and everything was phenomenal! Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 stars for the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Every dish we tried was outstanding, including lamb meatballs, a tomato plate, fried cheese, and a chicken dish. We sat at the bar and found the bartender to be friendly, responsive and knowledgeable. The seated dining area is quite small and felt a bit sterile, but the bar has a nice, warm feel to it. We do not live in the neighborhood and I'm glad we went out of our way to try this place. It's worth a trip (and the parking hassle if you are driving).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A real gem
    Collie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Have been here several times when we are looking for great food and drink without the fussiness of a larger restaurant. The food is fantastic and unique -- not the tired gastropub stuff -- and particularly like the masa veggie burger and roast cod. Fantastic beer selection that is really unique. The best of its type we've been to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and beer list, very slow!
    Molly
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The food and beer list were both great, but the service was so slow, and there was basically nobody else in the restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Variety
    nomgnome
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I love the interesting variety of small plates that they have on the menu at the Stops. We had the lamb meatballs, the scallops, and the asparagus when we came, in addition to salads. Everything was incredible. I also enjoyed the beer, but I can't recall which one I had (the list of options were quite long).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great change for Allston!
    cgillman99
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is a slightly more "adult" scene than your normal restaurant/bar in Allston and it's a welcome change. The food is great and the beer and wine offerings are well thought out and delicious - nothing was disappointing. These guys are giving us long time residents of the neighborhood a well deserved break from the high octane "bro" atmosphere Allston can usually serve up. A great oasis!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really great time
    ueamanVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Went with a friend who lives in the neighborhood and had a really nice time. The maître'd was warm and welcoming, the waitress was attentive and the food was delicious...interesting ingredients and combinations that were well prepared. All in all it was a great time. I look forward to returning soon !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 14 reviews are from the The Glenville Stops reviews archive.
  • PeterVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    This is a really fine neighborhood place with much-better-than-bar-food offered along with an excellent choice of wines and beers. Very clean, well designed and with pleasant unobtrusive servers. We'll make sure to come back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden but convenient & delicious
    Rachael
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Very centrally located, just a few blocks over from most of the area bars (and a few blocks from my apartment!). The food was just so much more beyond what we expected, delicious and special...and a good value! Great beer & wine list. Currently, it is a plus that you can reliably walk in and be seated right away, but I hope that more people discover what a great spot this is!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute place, don't drive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I loved the unique menu, the food was awesome, the wine & beer list unique. Only problem is PARKING. But that's our own fault for not taking the T!! We'll definitely go back if we're in the area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ForartVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    This is a wonderful restaurant for the neighborhood--lucky people living in this area of Allston! We had an excellent dinner with great service. The small plates were inventive, filled with fresh ingredients, and delicious. so was the "masa" burger. It was a real treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • best gastropub in town
    Collie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I have used OpenTable for years and have never written a review. Had to this time. I read about this place in the Globe where it had an awesome review. Great lineage from the owners -- Trade is one of our faves and folks from there run this place. Absolutely fantastic food and an amazing selection of beer and good wines. Not your typical -- nothing like faux English/Irish pub scene -- bright and welcoming. On a quiet neighborhood street a block off Comm Ave but absolutely worth it. We're going back soon now that I've figured out parking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood joint
    Jack
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Elevates the food level in the neighborhood to another level. Lets hope they keep it up!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Neighbourhood gem for Drinking
    meepokmanVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Glenville Stops is a hidden gem and hence is not overly crowded. However, do not mistake the quiet joint for poor quality / service. It has a extensive and extremely good list of wine and beer. The quiet setting means that it is an ideal place for a large group of friends to hang out (and without having to shout to have a conversation). The food is pretty good but we wished there were more selection (of mains). The food menu is ideal for small bites / bar bites. Not really the place to go if you would like a full meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth the hunt!
    nancyVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food and service were very good! Parking is an issue, but it's really worth the effort!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood gastropub
    annabeleeVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    This was a last minute reservation because my daughter wanted a burger and I was intrigued by the prominent placement of octopus, bacalao, and ceviche on the menu. All the food was generous in portion and delicious. The service--by the two owners--was warm and thoughtful. I am definitely going back for the octopus and bacalaito and can't wait to try the ceviche. Top-notch, well-curated wine list and beer list. The owners truly care about the wine and beer and let the chef have a great time with many dishes from his native puerto rico. And yes, the burger was delicious, as were the fries.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great addition to Allston
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Great food, really nice beer/wine list. Chef and servers were really great! This is an actual restaurant with really good food in Allston, not just a college kid hang out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tucked away neighborhood gem
    ChaniganVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    A very beautifully renovated burnt down building turned neiborhood tavern... Interesting and diverse menu, mostly smaller plates, a great way to try a lot of dishes....the complimentary dip for bread like an eggplant hummus is simply delicious..the waiter is attentive and excellent with remembering 7 or 8 dishes without needing to write it down....only problem is not easy to park in that area unless you have resident permit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    This place is hidden in Allston but is such a great find. The burgers were delicious, both regular and vegetarian! The beer selection is good and the service was attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    BCK1rby207
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I had the rib eye with bubble n' squeak. It was great! The best tasting steak I've had in ages. Vegetables were delicious as well. Great beer and wine selection as well.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Find
    HappyVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We had excellent burgers (meat and veggie) and a nice chicken sandwich. The tapas style lamb balls and little grilled cheeses were good as well. The french fries were delicious and the dip served with bread before the meal was awesome. The bears were all good and my Greg Norman wine was tasty. Our server was fantastic. The ambiance was casual, yet warm. It would be a great place to hang out after work. The only challenge they will face is parking. We lucked out and found two parking spots relatively nearby, but most of the parking is for residents only.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate